Washington County

Brenham | Burton | Chappell Hill | Independence | Washington-on-the-Brazos

CHAPPELL HILL is the unofficial beginning of the rolling hills of South Central Texas. With gorgeous fields of bluebonnets, spring is sure to find children and adults alike posing in the flowers. Located 50 minutes from Houston, many Houstonians make CHAPPELL HILL their weekend home or make the move to the country with just a short commute to work in Houston. With a quaint street of businesses close by, the vintage homes of the town are a perfect place to soak up small town America.

Only one hour from Houston, BRENHAM is the county seat to this historic region of Texas. The vibrant town center has a wide variety of shops and restaurants and a lively arts scene, which includes The Barnhill Center at the historic Simon Theatre and the Unity Theatre which brings big city entertainment to this small Texas town. When one first thinks of BRENHAM, surely everyone’s thoughts turn to the mouth-watering sweet treat of Blue Bell ice cream. A tour of plant facilites or a stop at the Blue Bell Country Store are a must. The highly acclaimed Truth, offers some of the best BBQ anywhere! The Bluebonnet Wine Trail winds it’s way through the countryside full of lovely vistas and wildflowers in the spring.

BURTON was once a cotton farming community and still bales hay once a year as part of the annual Cotton Gin Festival in April. ¬†Eight miles west of Brenham, BURTON’s quiet streets offer antique shops, French country cuisine at the Brazos Belle Restaurant, and a high school football team that fills the bleachers with Friday night fans. BURTON’S Saddlehorn Winery is open year-round. Many find the quaint town and rolling terrain the perfect weekend escape. Just a few miles northwest of BURTON is Nails Creek State Park, located on the south end of Somerville Lake.

A trip to INDENPENDENCE is a step back into Texas’s early history. This land is some of the prettiest in Texas with rolling hills and pastureland that extends for as far as the eye can see. A day is hardly enought to take in the history of this historic property where the Texas Declaration of Independence was signed on March 2, 1836. Visitors can learn about Sam Houston, pioneer homes and historic churches. The beautiful Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site is located on the banks of the Brazos River in WASHINGTON, Texas. Maintained by the Texas Parks and Wildlife, Washington-on-the-Brazos offers the Star of the Republic Museum, Barrington Living History Farm and 293 acres of tranquility.